Discovery University Fall 2018 Application

The Ottawa Mission and its partner agencies are very excited to present three free university-level courses for the Fall 2018 Term. The courses for Fall 2018 are:

Description of “Ethics of the Human Person

What are the challenges for ethics in our so-called “postmodern” culture?   How might we understand “secularism” and “pluralism”?  What ethical challenges do we meet in respect to our sense of identity and self-worth? What is the nature of power, and how might we recognize and make our way with power and “power games”?  What does it mean to take a “moral stand” or to pursue a course of action with integrity?  How do we understand and manage our own moral weaknesses and failures?   What are the moral nuances entailed in the complex assortment of relationships that make up our lives? These and other fundamental questions are at the heart of this introductory course in practical ethics, which will also include insights from Christian ethics.

About the Instructor:

Mark Slatter, a native of Nepean, is Associate Professor of Theological Ethics with the Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University.  He is a priest with the Archdiocese of Ottawa, and obtained his Ph.D. from the Gregorian University in Rome.  For fifteen years he worked with Ottawa’s homeless and those struggling with substance abuse.  In addition to his recent book, Insights While Suffering, he has published on topics dealing with ethics and interiority.   In his spare time he pursues his life-long passion for astronomy, film, and outdoor sports.

Course Times:

The course will be held each Friday at The University of Ottawa from 2:00pm-4:00pm starting September 28th to November 30th, 2018. The classroom is located in Simard Hall, room 422 (SMD422). Weekly discussion group sessions will take place each Wednesday at the Continuing Education Centre at 440 Albert St Ottawa, ON K1R 5B5 (cafeteria) from October 3rd to November 28th, 2018. A light supper will be offered at 6:30pm before the tutorial sessions with the discussions running from 7:00-8:30pm.

Description of “Introduction to Political Sociology”

This course provides an introduction to political sociology. Unlike political science, which deals mainly with the machinery of government, the mechanisms of public administration, and the formal political realm of elections, public opinion, pressure groups, and political behaviour, political sociology is more concerned with power; that is, the given power distributions within or between societies, and the various social and political conflicts that lead to changes in this distribution. While most of the course will be taken up with the description, analysis, and explanation of the modern state, we will also look at issues relating to the sources and utilization of power, authority, and influence. In this course, we will not merely describe political institutions, but try to explain how and why they emerged, how they function, and on whose behalf they operate.

About the Instructor:

J.Z. Garrod is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. Last Fall, J.Z. taught “Sociology Through Stand-Up” for Discovery University. Prior to coming to Ottawa, J.Z. received his M.A. in Sociology from Simon Fraser University and his B.A. in English Literature and Sociology from the University of British Columbia. His Ph.D. dissertation explores how the globalization of capital is transforming the shape of the global political economy through an analysis of the transformation of the Royal Bank of Canada over thelast 150 years. His current research focuses on the ways in which new technologies are being used to enforce property rights and the political, economic, and social implications of these changes.

Course Times:

The course will be held each Friday at The University of Ottawa from 9:30am-11:30am starting September 28th to November 30th, 2018. The classroom is located in Simard Hall, room 422 (SMD422). Weekly discussion group sessions will take place each Wednesday at the Continuing Education Centre at 440 Albert St Ottawa, ON K1R 5B5 (cafeteria) from October 3rd to November 28th, 2018. A light supper will be offered at 6:30pm before the tutorial sessions with the discussions running from 7:00-8:30pm.

Description of “Digital Photography”

The purpose of this class is to give you everything you need to know about digital photography to make a quality photograph, from camera to digital darkroom to printing. This will include skills in using the camera, lighting, uploading images and printing. With these skills you will be able to photograph people, places and your favourite things. You will be equipped to photograph your world with confidence.

Photography is a great tool for navigating the world. Picking up a camera, though, does not give you permission to photograph anything you want. One needs to know the difference between public and private. Students will learn there are certain protocols for different subject matter. Through learning about the world of photography you will view the world and your place in it differently.

About the Instructor:

Rosalie Favell is a photo-based artist, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Drawing inspiration from her family history and Métis (Cree/English) heritage, she uses a variety of sources, from family albums to popular culture, to present a complex self-portrait of her experiences as a contemporary aboriginal woman. Her work has appeared in exhibitions in Canada, the US, Edinburgh, Scotland, Paris, France and Taipei, Taiwan. Numerous institutions have acquired her artwork including: National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (Ottawa), Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.), and Rockwell Museum of Western Art (Corning, New York).  She has received numerous grants, and won prestigious awards such as the Chalmers Fellowship, the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunten Award and the Karsh Award. A graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Rosalie holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico.  She has studied and taught extensively at the post-graduate level. She has taught a large variety of technical Photography classes and a seminar in Aboriginal People and Photography. She has worked with grassroots organizations in Winnipeg with Inuit educational groups in Ottawa and Nepalese women’s groups in Katmandu. She has also just got back from a residency in Australia.

Course Times:

The in-class course component will be held each Friday at The University of Ottawa from 12:00pm-2:00pm starting September 28th to November 30th, 2018. The classroom is located at Morisset Hall in room 0022 (MRT0022) (computer lab in basement). Weekly walk-about camera sessions will take place each Wednesday at TBD locations from October 3rd to November 28th, 2018. A full description will be provided to you in your confirmation letter and in your first day of classes


Discovery University Application

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    NOTE: All fields are mandatory. Incomplete applications will impact your eligibility into the program. Classes will commence September 28, 2018 and end on November 30, 2018
     
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    * The Digital Photography course will only consider applicants who have not previously participated in the program.
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  • If you have no permanent address, please list the agency where you are staying, or where you can be contacted, or by whom.
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  • For statistical purpose, we are collecting data on our student's source of income. If you are willing to share this information, please state your source of income in the space provided. (eg. Ontario Works, ODSP, pension, etc.)
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  • WRITTEN STATEMENT


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  • Please write one or two paragraphs explaining why you would like to be a student in the Fall 2017 term. Please note that this writing will be used to evaluate your literacy level as well your enthusiasm for the course material. Both first time and repeat students are required to submit a written statement. If interested in the Digital Photography class, please state whether you have a camera of your own or would require a loan of equipment.
  • PROFESSIONAL REFERENCE


  • For new students, you must submit a professional reference. References must be a professional who knows you well, such as a counselor, agency supervisor, clergy, doctor or case worker. We understand that this information gives us permission to speak with your reference. Please let this person know that you have given us their name and permission to ask about you.
  • Completed applications must be returned no later than Monday September 3, 2018 to: Discovery University, The Ottawa Mission, 35 Waller St. Ottawa, ON K1N 7G4
    Tel: 613-914-4575 Fax: 613-234-2813
  • The organizations involved in planning this program are committed to protecting your privacy and maintaining your confidentiality. By signing you are giving consent to allow The Ottawa Mission to use the information collected, ie. your gender, age, education, source of income, and interests for statistical and evaluation purposes only. Any information that reveals parts of your identity will NOT be used.